The president of the Government, Pedro Sanchezhas valued for the first time since Friday the change of position of the Executive on Western Sahara and recognition of Morocco’s plan for its autonomy. “Not only have we closed the crisis with Moroccothe most important thing is that we lay the foundations for a much stronger relationship and sincere based on mutual respect and territorial integrity of both countries.”
“It’s never too late if it happens a good deal for both countries”, he said from Ceuta, accompanied by the president of this autonomous city, Juan José Vivas. “Morocco for Spain is a strategic partner. There was a problem that needed to be resolved and now there is an agreement that is positive for both parties,” she said.
The president stressed that the agreement not only makes it possible to close a crisis that began a little over a year ago with the mass migration to Ceutabut “to open a much stronger relationship adapted to the 21st century”.
He has emphasized that it is “fundamental” to normalize relations in all areas, specifically, in “everything that has to do with mobility between Ceuta, the Peninsula and Morocco” and in “fundamental aspects such as controls of the migration and security.
“Ceuta is a state affair“
For the Government, he said, “Ceuta is a State affair” in relation to three basic concepts: security, stability and the creation of opportunities.
Sánchez has spoken like this after this Wednesday has not responded in Congress to the questions of the parliamentary groups referring to the Sahara during the control session. In fact, the president had referred to a plenary session in Parliament on March 30 to deal with the Sahara issue and others, such as the European Council this week.
Sánchez’s first explanations
And it is that the president of the Executive had not given any explanation in this regard since on Friday the letter that Sánchez sent him in which he recognized the autonomy plan for the Sahara was known through the King of Morocco.
The chief executive has justified his decisions in that the situation with Morocco was unsustainable and had to be resolved now. He has argued that in the new position on the Sahara “The Government has followed the position that other very powerful nations of the European Union have also expressed, such as France and Germany”.
He has argued, in this sense, that the Commission itself has supported Spain’s new position with the former colony. “It does not stop being one of the proposals contained in the UN resolutions”has sentenced.
In any case, Sánchez considers that “in the end and in the end” it is recognized that they have to be the affected parties in this conflict those who agree on the solution.
With that, has not provided explanations as to whether the Government informed Algeria on the change of position, although he did point out that with this country “there are extraordinary relations”, a “strategic relationship” of partners “who are allies in multiple areas”: “And we will continue to be so in the coming years”.
For his part, andhe president of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, has said that Pedro Sánchez will have to explain in the archipelago his letter to the king of Morocco, which is “relevant” and “transcendent”, and has highlighted that good relations with Morocco are important for the Canary Islands and that “no proposal will have a path” if it is not agreed between the parties.
No proposal made by Morocco will have a future if it is not supported by the Polisario Front and no proposal from the Polisario will have a future if it is not supported by Morocco, Torres said.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.